By Calynn M. Lawrence
Lifetime Network’s hit television series, Project Runway, debuted back in 2004 and is still running strong on its 16th season! This was designed to be a competitive opportunity for aspiring fashion designers to prove their worthiness and compete for a $100,000 cash prize and a stellar design contract.
However, with such a strenuous and cut throat roster of tasks and elimination rounds, some may wonder is it even worth it to compete? After all, there are extensive auditions to even be considered for the show along with an extremely intense host of challenges that come along with being chosen. After all of which, there can only be one winner. What if it isn’t you? Fear not, this article is going to show you three awesome examples of success stories of why the process is worth it in the end!
He’s probably known as the most popular winner of Project Runway in the entire of history of the television series. He was a mere 20 years of age when he triumphed over tens of older, more experienced designers back in season 4! Now, he has built up his empire to entail all facets of fashion including a handbag line, clothing apparel, shoes and a special affordable collection with Payless Shoe Source.
Some of his best celebrity clients include the multi millionaire pop singer, Taylor Swift amongst others. His social media presence is beyond ordinary, with a whopping near 500 k followers on Instagram alone! Where can you find Christian Siriano? His work is sold at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Payless Shoe Source and www.christiansiriano.com
Jeffrey Sebelia was no stranger to the fashion industry before his victory in the Project Runway competition. His unprecedented genius and quirk attracted a host of celebrities such as Elton John, Gwen Stefani, Tommy Lee and Madonna! Obviously, with such expertise he was destined to win.
In addition to his many celebrity clients, he is now the head designer at fashion house, Fluxus and has his own children’s line “La MInitura” which can be found at retailers such as Kitson and Barney’s New York. It’s no wonder why his crafty juxtaposition of posh and punk are so popular!
Not only is she an accomplished college graduate, she is a brilliant fashion designer! Irina Shabayeva has acquired a list of popular start clients such a Selena Gomez and Carrie Underwood since her win at Project Runway! This is not all, she has sinced landed a partnership with Macy’s Inc in which she has her own exclusive fashion line for women who appreciate everyday elegance. She has come a long way and is not stopping yet!
Below and behold three of many success stories from Project runway champions. Yes, the process may be a doozie but the benefits of your potential victory are endless.